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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the July 17, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Job Hunters’ Online Journal

In his latest article (,

Tim Johnston reveals that he recently was called in for three interviews.

After months of sending resumes out into the ether, job seekers rejoice

at a chance to sell themselves in person. Yet, writes Johnston, job

interviews are stressful in their own way, and more than a little


"Certainly, I want to put my best foot forward in an interview,

but what does that mean? I don’t get nervous very often in interviews,

and, as a former actor, I feel confident that I can carry off any

number of personals implicit in the suggestions of various interview

experts. But my core question is this: Should an interview be a great

performance, a completely candid and spontaneous exhange, or something


"Let’s face it: Many times, the success or failure of a particular

interview is completely out of our hands. At a recent weekly meeting

of JobSeekers, a local support group I’ve attended for the unemployed

or those soon-to-be, a recruiter told the audience of 60 that he eliminated

anyone who came to an interview dressed in a brown suit or wearing

an unusual tie. Why? Even he could not articulate the reason."

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